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The Religionization of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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The Old City of Jerusalem, including the Dome of the Rock (Credit: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com).

Professor Dov Waxman will explore the growing role of religion in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its implications for making and maintaining peace.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
UCLA Faculty Center - California Room
480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1657
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About the Talk

There has long been a popular misconception that the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is driven by religion. This is historically inaccurate, but religion is having an increasing impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today. This talk explores the growing role of religion in the conflict, and the implications of this trend for the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, Center for the Study of Religion, Center for Middle East Development, and the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History.

 

About the Speaker

Professor Dov Waxman is the Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies. Before joining UCLA in January 2020, he was the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, and a professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies. He also previously directed Northeastern University’s Middle East Studies program and co-directs its Middle East Center.

Dr. Waxman received his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He has previously taught at the City University of New York, Bowdoin College, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He has also been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University.

Waxman's research has focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and Diaspora Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He is the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006); Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (with Ilan Peleg, Cambridge University Press, 2011); and Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016). His latest book is The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Middle East Development, UCLA International Institute, Center for the Study of Religion, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, and the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History.